Call on Retirement is Entirely up to Him: Watson on Dhoni

first_imgChennai: Lot has been said on issue of M.S. Dhoni’s retirement as it has swiftly become matter of debate in Indian cricket. Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson feels that the Ranchi stumper is still at the height of his powers and the decision to hang up his boots is entirely up to him.”He has still got the skill. But it is down to him to decide. He still moves incredibly well, runs hard between the wickets and has beautiful hands. Whatever he does, it will be the right thing because he knows what lies ahead,” Watson told reporters on Monday on the sidelines of an event here.The Aussie all-rounder, who has also played under Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings (CSK), praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy, saying he has done a great job with the Indian team.”He (Kohli) has done a great job with the Indian team. He has been playing so well in all formats. Whatever he is doing right now is certainly working and the team is responding to his leadership,” he added.When asked if India could dominate the cricket world the way Australia did under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, he said: “it is going to be hard to replicate..but there is no reason why India can’t do it.””There is no doubt that India has got the depth in all facets… batting, bowling, and fielding. The depth in Indian cricket is incredibly strong. It has got the luxury of having someone like a Rohit Sharma opening the batting and scoring lots of runs. The depth in Indian cricket is incredible… I am sure this team can win away from home as well,” he added.Watson said that Australia has become a strong side after the return of Steve Smith and David Warner from ball-tampering bans.”The Australian team has had its issues in the last year or so. Now that Steve Smith and David Warner have come back and settled well, it has got a very strong team. There is a really good No.3 in Marnus Labuschagne, who did a great job during the Ashes. The fast bowlers are very good and there is depth in the department and Nathan Lyon is performing too. We have got strong depth,” Watson opined. IANS Also Read: Dhoni to Make Retirement Call When Time Comes: Shikhar DhawanAlso Watch:Hit-and-Run Case: One killed in Road Accident in Margheritalast_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Central Connecticut State

first_img Published on August 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse finally gets its season underway Friday with a 7 p.m. matchup against Central Connecticut State. The Orange is coming off a 4-8 season in which it lost its last four games. CCSU went only 2-9 last year.Here’s what you need to know about the Blue Devils.All-time series: This is the first matchup between the two teams.The Central Connecticut Report: CCSU struggled last year, finishing tied for last in the Northeast Conference. It returned 18 starters from a year ago and was picked to finish fourth in the conference in a preseason coaches poll.The Blue Devils struggled to stop teams last season, allowing 34.8 points per game against a schedule of only FCS schools. Linebacker Randall Laguerre leads the unit. His 116 tackles were the best in the NEC a year ago. The return of defensive back Jevon Elmore from injury should help shore up the defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCentral Connecticut State’s offense wasn’t much better. The team averaged only three yards per carry, though starter Cameron Nash racked up a little more than four yards per carry. Quarterback Jacob Dolegala averaged about 267 passing yards per game and had nearly a 3:2 touchdown to interception ratio (15 to nine a season ago). Wide receiver Joey Fields leads the receiving corp. He tallied 732 yards a year ago.How Syracuse beats Central Connecticut: Head coach Dino Babers waxed poetic during Monday’s press conference about how this can be a trap game for SU, saying that it’s a team that can be overlooked. That can be true. The Orange is also the more talented team. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Syracuse a 99.5 percent chance of winning the game. As long as Syracuse plays its style, it may seal game one by halftime.Stat to know: 20 — Number of starters SU returns who started at least six games last season, best in the country.Player to watch: Joey Fields, wide receiver, No. 3Syracuse’s offense should have no trouble carving through the CCSU defense. Look for the other side of the ball for the Blue Devils to have an impact player. Fields had five or more catches in a game six times last season and had more than 200 more yards than his next-closest teammate. Fields will be the first player to test SU’s new secondary. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more